Archive for the 'Politics' Category

ARE OUR BILLIONAIRES BETTER THAN THEIRS…?

April 19th, 2017

Maybe. I suppose. I feel really uncomfortable with that idea. If there was one central trope to the 2016 campaign to make Senator Bernie Sanders President of the United States, it was that Bernie was not supported by the billionaires. He made no distinction between bad billionaires and good billionaires. That was, and I think […]

ALEX JONES CONFESSES THAT HE’S FAKE NEWS…

April 19th, 2017

CCPC RESPONDS TO COUNCIL’S POSTPONEMENT…

April 18th, 2017

From the Cuyahoga County Progressive Caucus: It’s Still On! Tonight, Cleveland City Council President Kevin Kelly, realizing he didn’t have the votes to pass the Q Deal as an “emergency ordinance,” chose to postpone the vote another week. He hopes that he can buy off one of the six council members that have, thus far, […]

DISTRESSED CITY AWAKENING?

April 18th, 2017

This is NOT another meaningless city election. In 2017 it can’t be. Cleveland is a Distressed City. It must change. Too many of its citizens are under extreme distress. One can feel it. Read it in the daily headlines. See it in the statistics of need. From lead poisoning, to gun downs, to infant mortality. […]

KASICH, TRUMP & THE DAKOTA ACCESS PIPE LINE…

April 17th, 2017

While I continue to post daily updates on important stories concerning the Dakota Access Pipe Line under the Keep Carbon In The Ground banner, two stories popped up this morning that I feel deserve front-page treatment. The first concerns our governor John Richard Kasich and his decision at the beginning of November 2016 to send […]

TRUMPCARE MAY HAVE SAVED SINGLE-PAYER…

April 17th, 2017

I never imagined myself saying this privately, let alone in public, in print, but here I go: Thank you House Speaker Paul Davis Ryan and President Donald John Trump for awakening the sleeping giant and making Universal Healthcare a real possibility in America. Ralph Nader, writing in Crash of Trumpcare Opens Door to Full Medicare […]

BERNIE SANDERS TALKS SCIENCE WITH BILL NYE…

April 15th, 2017

NAOMI KLEIN: HOW TO JAM THE TRUMP BRAND

April 13th, 2017

Corporations are apolitical. They have a single purpose: maximize shareholder value. Every other goal is, by necessity and law, second to increasing wealth for those who own the business. Threaten that raison d’être and a corporation will take the fastest, most certain path to neutralizing that threat. Want a corporation to pivot? Jam the brand. […]

BERNIE SPEAKS WITH REV. DR. WILLIAM BARBER…

April 12th, 2017

I just learned about The Bernie Sanders Show this morning while reading Adam Gabbatt’s The Bernie Sanders Show is interactive TV talk for the era of Facebook activism piece in The Guardian.

WHAT WE’VE RELEARNED FROM THE DAPL FIGHT…

April 12th, 2017

Back on 28 March, in response to a Guardian Long Read by Rebecca Solnit, I wrote: Occupy was to millennials, perhaps, what the anti-war movement was to me and my fellow boomers. In many ways we lost our way in the ’70s and ’80s, but even then protest, the desire to fight for that society […]

HOW PROGRESSIVES, HOW WE THE PEOPLE, WIN…

April 11th, 2017

How can we all not be moved by the bravery of Saffiyah Khan? Of course, Khan is far from alone…

FINANCIAL IGNORANCE ENABLES OUR OPPRESSORS…

April 11th, 2017

In my day job I work with a range of students to help them more from their studies. While my work covers the gamut of topics, I probably spend more time on maths skills than any other subject. One of the messages I do my best to reinforce with my charges is that those who […]

WHEN REPRESENTATIVES CHOOSE THEIR VOTERS…

April 11th, 2017

TIMES HAVE CHANGED BUT NOT FOR THE BETTER

April 10th, 2017

I was, but I shouldn’t have been, surprised to see Michael Nelson, leader of the local Cleveland NAACP, appearing before City Council today as a cheerleader for the newest huge subsidy for Dan Gilbert and the Cavs. The NAACP, I thought, was supposed to represent primarily those who have needs, not a white billionaire. A […]

CRUISE MISSILES STRIKE SYRIAN AIRFIELD…

April 7th, 2017

What we know, live… The question for We The People, President Donald John Trump and indeed the World must be: Does the manner of murder of children matter, or are the murders of all children equal?

THE USUAL GAME & PREDICTABLE SCORE

April 6th, 2017

It was like a bad dream. What was? The Ch. 20 viewing of some six hours of almost meaningless discussion of the city council’s give-away of millions of dollars to Dan Gilbert and his Quicken Arena gang. As if he needs it. I’ve seen this movie before. Too many times. Up close. This time it […]

COMING 13 JUNE: NO IS NOT ENOUGH

April 6th, 2017

I pre-ordered my copy of Naomi Klein’s No Is Not Enough: Resisting Trump’s Shock Politics and Winning the World We Need this morning from my local, independent bookstore. This is, of course the way you should go. If you don’t have a local, independent bookstore, Mac’s Backs is more than happy to mail you a […]

REPUBLICAN CONGRESSMAN JIM RENACCI (OH-16):
RENACCI’S TAKE ON WHY TRUMPCARE CRASHED…

April 5th, 2017

So, I made phone calls and sent emailS regarding the impending passage of Trumpcare on 23 and 24 March encouraging my member of congress in the House of Representatives. I encouraged Rep. Jim Renacci, to stand up and not throw thousands of his constituents, including veterans, under the bus by replacing the Affordable Care Act […]

WHEN MEETING YOUR TOWN IS A JOB WRECKER…

April 5th, 2017

Now we know where Jim Renacci has been hiding.

TRUTH IS OUT THERE, BUT FINDING IT IS HARD…

April 4th, 2017

Sean Spicer is not the Trump administration press secretary burning down the system. Ralph Nader, writing in Self-Censored Questions by Career Questioners, encourages journalists to do their damn jobs: I’ve always been intrigued by the major questions not asked by reporters at press conferences, not asked by legislators at public hearings or even the questions […]

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